Film / Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid

Anacondas: The Hunt For The Blood Orchid is a 2004 horror film and the first sequel to Anaconda.

A research team is assembled to go to the Indonesian island Borneo, which contains a rare flower only found in that one location on earth: the blood orchid. It is theorized to contain a chemical that can be used for biological immortality, but the orchid only blooms once every 25 years. They make a deal with a local boat owner and set out into the jungle mainland before they crash their boat off a waterfall. As they try to get back to civilization the area they're traveling through turns out to be crawling with dozens of gigantic anacondas: it's mating season.

This film provides examples of:

  • And I Must Scream: Such a fate is suffered by one of the characters, only in this case, he gets bitten by a spider whose venom will paralyze him completely for two days, outside of breathing and retaining consciousness. He gets discovered but is obviously unable to communicate his situation and then gets swallowed alive by one of the snakes. Being digested alive soon becomes the least of his worries as the other characters then burn down the hut that the snake is in, presumably roasting it, and him, alive.
  • Animal Reaction Shot: The pet monkey often gets these, including looking nervous as a character is given CPR.
  • Big Bad: Jack is exposed as this by the end of the film.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Gloriously subverted when the whiny, scared, "we never should have come here" black guy is one of the four people to survive to the end. And all of his complaints were actually valid (and typically considered valid by non Idiot Ball holders), if ignored. The other black guy in the cast does get killed, but he's nowhere near the first.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The rock spider is shown in one scene, where it's pointed out how strong its paralyzing toxin is, but they put it in a jar instead of squishing it. Jack later uses it against one of his teammates when he goes bad, and during the climax another rock spider later paralyzes him in turn.
    • One camper who's been carrying a too-large backpack as hit come in handy when a snake tries to grab him from behind and its mouth gets stuck on the pack. He's totally unhurt.
  • Death by Mocking:
    • The characters are wading through a river. One guy keeps humming the Jaws theme. A girl keeps telling him to stop (instead of just punching him in the face). He's one of the first victims.
    • Subverted later when another character is taunting a freshly killed anaconda snake, only to be grabbed by another. Unlike the previous victim, the other characters manage to save him from death at the last minute.
  • Dulcinea Effect: When Gail gets attacked by a crocodile, rather than grabbing a rifle, Bill simply jumps into the water and starts wrestling the crocodile with a knife. Lampshaded.
    Sam: That is either the bravest or the stupidest thing I've ever seen.
    Bill: It's a fine line.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Kong, Bill's pet monkey. He's actually quite useful since he often notices the snakes before the humans.
  • Evil Brit: The British team member is the only one to turn Well-Intentioned Extremist in the search for the rare and immensely valuable blood orchid, willfully sacrificing his colleagues to do so.
  • Flower from the Mountaintop: A science team travels to the jungle of Borneo to collect the blood orchid, a rare flower that possesses the key to longevity. However, it's located deep within giant snake-invested territory.
  • Just Desserts: Jack eventually becomes a villain when he considers the lives of his colleagues worth sacrificing to get the Blood Orchid. He gets bitten by the paralyzing spider that he had previously used on somebody else and falls into the Anaconda mating ball, becoming snake chow.
  • Just Think of the Potential: The search for the blood orchid flower, the chemicals of which could yield the attainment of biological immortality.
  • Hazardous Water: Naturally, given water is an anaconda's natural habitat and the only thing that allows it to support its weight while moving. Th first death occurs as the characters cross a waterway and another occurs underwater in a flooded cave.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Jack gets bitten by his own paralyzing spider, falling into the snake pit and getting eaten. Considering this is exactly how he caused Gordon's demise, it crosses over into Laser Guided Karmic Death territory.
  • Idiot Ball: Continuing with the mission once they realize what's going on subverted by Jack stealing the boats to stand them there.
  • Inevitable Waterfall: The boat somehow manages to go over a waterfall while heading up the river.
  • MacGuffin: The blood orchid.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: This movie has anacondas in Borneo. Their home territory is the Amazon jungle and various swamps in Brazil, half a world away.
    • There's also a South American howler monkey in the opening scene, despite it also featuring an Asian tiger. One wonders if the filmmakers changed the locale halfway through the production because they couldn't get a trained jaguar to shoot that scene.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Used often. The first kill, for example, doesn't show the snake until the very end. The character is just pulled underwater suddenly, later pops up screaming for help as an unseen for drags them around, and finally comes up one last time badly bloodied before the snake finally shoots into view and carries him off.
  • Perma-Stubble: Bill.
  • Stronger with Age: The movie uses this to justify Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: the titular snakes are stated to keep growing for their entire life, thus ones that consume blood orchids flowers that can prevent aging can grow to be much bigger than normal.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: Played with. The jungle expert notes that there's no way a single anaconda, even a giant one, is going to pursue the others after already eating one of them. However, the film justifies the trope by explicitly featuring a large group of hungry snakes who are all in the same area because of a mating season and the humans simply cannot avoid running into them. The traveling male snakes are hyper-aggressive for the same reason.
  • Uncle Tomfoolery: One of the black characters is terrified of everything, sure he'll die and pure comedic relief. He is one of the four survivors.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Jack ends up finding the possibility of human lifespan extension well worth sacrificing the lives of his colleagues.